WATT Fuel Cell Reinforces Commitment to Westmoreland County with Extended Lease at Mount Pleasant Glass Centre

A Milestone for Renewable Energy in Westmoreland County

In a significant boost to Westmoreland County’s economy and its status as an innovation hub, WATT Fuel Cell Corp. has extended its lease at the Mount Pleasant Glass Centre. This move, marking a seven-year commitment, is a testament to the company’s dedication to developing cutting-edge energy solutions and contributing to the local community.

WATT Fuel Cell: Driving Technological Advancements

WATT, renowned for its pioneering work in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems, continues to make strides in energy innovation. The company’s SOFC systems, which operate on commonly available fuels like natural gas and propane, are at the forefront of the energy transition, ready to adapt to future fuels such as hydrogen. This versatility is crucial in a world where energy needs are rapidly evolving.

Local Economic Impact and Growth

The decision to continue operations at the Mount Pleasant Glass Centre through 2030 reflects WATT’s growth trajectory and its commitment to Westmoreland County. WCIDC Chairman Sean Kertes highlighted the importance of this partnership, particularly in light of WATT’s ETL-certified 1,500W Imperium Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System.

A Hub for Talent and Innovation

WATT’s journey, from its inception by Dr. Caine Finnerty in 2010 to its current standing, is a story of technical and commercial success. The company has benefitted from local talent, filling roles from entry-level technicians to specialized engineers. With recent renovations enhancing production capabilities, WATT is poised for an exciting year ahead, driving the commercialization of cleaner energy solutions.

Fitting into Westmoreland County’s Vision

WCIDC Vice Chair Doug Chew praised WATT’s innovative approach, aligning perfectly with the county’s support for advanced manufacturing. The presence of resources like the Digital Foundry at New Kensington further cements WATT’s role in the county’s manufacturing landscape.

A Testament to Regional Economic Strength

With 41 employees, WATT’s lease renewal is more than just a business decision; it’s a vote of confidence in the local workforce and economic climate, as noted by WCIDC Secretary Ted Kopas. The Mount Pleasant Glass Centre, supporting 130 jobs and part of the WCIDC’s 9,000+ job industrial park system, stands as a symbol of the region’s economic resilience and adaptability.

About Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation, established in 1983, is dedicated to promoting job creation, economic output, and a stable tax base in Westmoreland County. Its strategies include developing industrial parks, engaging in public/private partnerships, and fostering business growth to provide job opportunities for local residents.

About WATT Fuel Cell

WATT Fuel Cell is a leader in developing and manufacturing SOFC stacks and systems, utilizing common fuels like propane and natural gas. Their innovative additive manufacturing process and Hybrid Power Management system align with renewable power sources, offering efficient and environmentally responsible energy solutions worldwide.